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Honeychurch rolls to her second title

Cara Honeychurch and Dede Davidson tangled in a left-hander final of the Greater Orlando Classic at Altamonte Springs last week. Honeychurch emerged with her second Professional Women's Bowling Association title and $11,000.

Honeychurch, in her first year on the PWBA Tour, stopped Davidson 218-184, picking up a difficult 1-3-6-7 split in the seventh frame.Anne Marie Duggan, Wendy Macpherson and Cocoa's Kim Adler met in the preliminary shootout won by Macpherson 258-206-185. Davidson then defeated Macpherson 246-173.

Davidson lived in the Tampa Bay area five years ago, moved to California, then relocated to Las Vegas. She earned $6,000 and Macpherson picked up $3,900.

Sebring's Kendra Cameron finished 16th, Bradenton's Lisa Wagner was 18th and Marcia Kamrowski of Boca Raton was 24th.

Macpherson leads the money list after 14 events with $72,425, followed by Michelle Feldman at $67,275 and Adler at $56,935. Aleta Sill's earnings are $1.4-million.

The tour is in Davie for the Paula Carter Classic, which ends today, then moves to Sebring for six days starting Saturday.

PWBA president John Falzone said the 23-stop 2001 tour will be aired on ESPN2, including the WIBC's Queens tournament. The Queens is the first 2001 tour event, May 7-11 during the WIBC's National Championships at Fort Lauderdale.

"This is the earliest we have reached a TV agreement in years," Falzone said.

FOUR FOR BOHN?: Defending champion Parker Bohn III goes after his fourth Oronamin C Japan Cup title this week in Tokyo and is looking forward to his induction Nov. 2 into the PBA Hall of Fame.

Bohn, who won the Cup in 1992, '98, '99, has 23 tour titles and more than $1.87-million, eighth and fourth, respectively, on the all-time list, since he started in 1985. He won five events last year with more than $247,000 in earnings and gained his first PBA Player of the Year honor.

Also on the 16-member American squad are Clermont's Jason Couch and Norm Duke; Walter Ray Williams of Ocala and Ricky Ward of North Fort Myers.

Bohn and Duke are locked in a duel for player of the year. The Americans will challenge the top 16 Japanese players in the Cup, which ends Sunday.

The national tour starts Oct. 7 with the Track Canandaigua Open in New York.

Williams came up short in his bid for a seventh World Horseshoe Pitching Championship last week at Bismarck, N.D., finishing fourth. The PBA Hall of Famer is the all-time earnings leader with 30 tour titles and last won the horseshoe title in 1994.

The PBA senior tour returns to Naples Sept. 23-27 for the Columbia 300 Senior Open. Johnny Petraglia is expected to defend his title. The final will be aired from 1-2 p.m. Oct. 18 on ESPN2.

The Open holds the distinction of being the only PBA event cut short because of weather. The threat of Hurricane Georges in 1998 cut the competition to 27 games. Titusville's Pete Couture was declared the winner.

_ Phil Gulick can be reached at xerxes6aol.com or xerxes6juno.com.

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